If you need help accessing our website, call 855-698-9991
Skip to main content

Lifestyle Changes for Angina with No Blockage

Angina (chest discomfort) with no blockage, also known as ischemia with no obstructive coronary arteries (INOCA), can be treated with medication. However, certain lifestyle modifications can significantly reduce symptoms and make people with angina with no blockage feel better. Once we identify the underlying cause of angina with no blockage, specialists at NYU Langone Heart create a tailored treatment plan that may include these lifestyle changes.

Eat Healthy, Exercise, and Maintain a Healthy Weight

Keeping your weight within a healthy range can lower your risk for heart conditions.

Regular exercise and balanced nutrition play a crucial role in weight management. Follow a heart-healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, along with sodium and added sugars. Engage in regular physical activity: ideally at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days a week, or more vigorous aerobic activity for at least 75 minutes a week.

Get Regular Health Checks

Other health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) can increase your risk of heart diseases. Regular checkups can help ensure that such conditions are managed through regular blood pressure monitoring and cholesterol checks.

Limit Alcohol

Excessive alcohol use can lead to multiple health issues, including heart disease, and can increase the risk of coronary artery spasm. There may be no safe amount of alcohol. Alcohol is measured in “alcohol units”: 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, 5 ounces of wine, and 12 ounces of beer all count as an alcohol unit. Women have less of a substance in the stomach that breaks down alcohol, so if a woman drinks as much as a man, she will have more alcohol in her bloodstream.

Limit your alcohol consumption to moderate levels, which means three and a half alcohol units per week for women and seven per week for men. Measure how much you are drinking in each glass to avoid pouring a double or triple drink.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. One of NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs can help you quit.

Manage Stress

Stress can negatively impact your heart health. Stress happens to everyone, and a goal of stress management is to prevent stress from hurting the body. Stress reduction techniques, including yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness, can help reduce anxiety and its accompanying symptoms, such as increased heart rate. In addition, regular exercise can help reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing.

Our Research and Education in Angina with No Blockage

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.